Cumberland Farms has announced that 130 talented high school seniors from 11 states have been awarded Believe and Achieve Scholarships to help them attend college in the fall of 2014. Cumberland Farms’ popular scholarship program began eight years ago and has already provided over 900 college-bound young adults with critical financial assistance to help them realize their dreams of achieving a college education.

As part of the company’s commitment to nurturing the future of young people, the program provides $1,000 scholarships to eligible graduating high school seniors across its service area. This year Cumberland Farms has awarded $130,000 in Believe and Achieve Scholarships to 28 students in Massachusetts, 14 in Florida, 19 in New York, 10 in New Hampshire, 24 in New Jersey, 8 in Connecticut, 6 in Maine, 7 each in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, 6 in Vermont and 1 in Maryland.

“Thanks to the Believe and Achieve Scholarship, Cumberland Farms has helped to make my dream of attending college achievable,” said 2014 scholarship recipient Felicia Amon of Port Orange, Florida, who is attending the University of Miami this fall. “This generosity has not only reduced my financial burden, it will also enable me to focus on my studies in order to get the most I can from my college experience.”

Thanks to the assistance provided by these scholarships, past recipients have attended a wide cross-section of institutions including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, University of Massachusetts, Clemson, Florida State, University of Michigan, Princeton, University of Florida, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York University, University of Miami and more. To learn more about the Believe and Achieve program and to hear from recent recipients, click here.

“We started the Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program to help young adults succeed, so we couldn’t be more proud of the difference we are making in their lives,” said Ari Haseotes, CEO of the Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies. “Over the past eight years we have helped more than 900 students from the communities we serve attend college, and gain the skills and knowledge they need to excel in the future.”

The program is open to students entering a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school in the fall of 2014 who live within 30 miles of any Cumberland Farms store. Scholarships were awarded based on a student’s academic performance, as well as the student’s financial need. The application process for next year’s scholarship program will open in October, 2014.

Since formalizing its Corporate Giving Program eight years ago, Cumberland Farms has donated millions of dollars in cash and products to causes that directly benefit thousands of young people through scholarships, direct-to-school programs, youth sports, local fundraising and more.